By the way, Catherine and Chris don’t travel alone. Their faithful companion is a chocolate-brown Labrador with the sweet-sounding name Rolo. Now two years old, he joined them at the tender age of eight weeks when they were still building their home on wheels. They’d been persuaded to get a dog by their various children (five in total). Because Rolo joined the family when they were still busy converting their lorry, he adapted to all the hullabaloo straightaway – and now he’s so unperturbed by the situation that not even the sound of power tools can disturb his beauty sleep! But he really wakes up when there’s a chance to explore new terrain. And as soon as there’s a lake nearby, he’s unstoppable and will spend (at least) half the day splashing about in the water!
As already mentioned, the travel-loving Brits visited the European mainland for several months last year on a tour which also took in Germany. Chris and Cat have friends in the tranquil town of Speyer and are big fans of the Romantic Road with its picturesque castles and chateaux on the Rhine. We enquire about the differences between the UK and Germany. “It’s not easy driving a big motorhome in Britain,” says Cat. “Germany has loads of great, inexpensive campsites for large vehicles. As a result, we had a wonderful time travelling there. And Chris loves German food!” she adds. “He’s a real carnivore!” Catherine’s quite happy to live without meat and for her, German cuisine took some getting used to.
Cat and Chris have been proud owners of a Kildwick MiniLoo for a few weeks now. Of course, we’re dying to be told how come. Back in May 2019, they did some research into composting toilets, which is how they came across the English firm Kildwick. Like us, they were sad to learn that the company was being wound up, and so with a heavy heart installed a small portable chemical loo in Florry’s bathroom.
But they soon realized during their European tour that chemical toilets weren’t for them! Instead, they initially built their own diverting toilet with half a diversion pan made in the UK. But Cat discovered that this type didn’t work satisfactorily and so they started looking again. It was then that they found out that Kildwick had been brought back to life in Germany and immediately fell in love with our MiniLoo. At the moment, they’re painstakingly decorating our smallest camping toilet with a colourful underwater scene – and we can’t wait to see the final results! (Artist: Nicola Bedenham)
Chris and Cat are now trying to find out whether there’s a suitable compost box available which could also enhance their lorry. We’ve not seen anything like this before and are keen to hear what they come up with.
In the UK, Mr and Mrs Florry are minor celebrities who’ve already appeared in several newspapers and magazines. Thanks to this media coverage, they’ll be guests of honour at the Off-Grid Survival Show on 5 and 6 September 2020. (They’d also agreed to appear at the Adventure Overland Show in April and Camp Quirky in May, but both shows have been postponed or cancelled due to coronavirus.) If you happen to be nearby, make sure you pay Cat, Chris, Rolo and of course Florry a visit!
By the way, we’d really like to know how Florry got her name. “We were sitting around with our friends one day wondering what to call our motorhome, but nothing seemed quite right,” explains Catherine. “In the end it was my husband who gave her the illustrious name Florry because it rhymes so neatly with lorry.”
Where else do the Florrys dream of travelling? The answer comes quick as a shot: Canada! That would mean transporting their lorry by ship, which would be quite expensive. But they refuse to give up on their dream – it might just take a while to save up.
Who knows? Perhaps they’ll discover some long lost treasure the next time they’re out scuba-diving? Or maybe Rolo will discover a treasure map by chance while digging a hole so that this extraordinary team can make their dream come true? We’ll keep our fingers crossed for them!
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